Which was Churchill's biggest wartime blunder? - Page 2




 
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August 13th, 2005  
ill be damed if i know
 
 
in my opinion not stalling hitler with peace treaty early on which hitler offered to churchill which would mean britain would of had more time to arm
August 13th, 2005  
LeEnfield
 
 
Ill be damed.......Funny I thought Chamberlain was the PM when war was declared against Hitler....Churchill took took over later along with a National Government.
August 20th, 2005  
Lord Londonderry
 
Churchill had a deep resentment for the Australians in WW2. Why was this?
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August 21st, 2005  
specture(jrotc cadet)
 

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YEA it was definately the gallipoli campaign....it was a disaster before it was even launched!
August 22nd, 2005  
LeEnfield
 
 
I never knew that Churchill made any disparaging remarks about Australia. Churchill was very much a supporter of the Commonwealth and I can't see him going out of his way to upset an ally like Australia.
August 25th, 2005  
AussieNick
 
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Churchill had a deep resentment for the Australians in WW2. Why was this?
I think the only reason he got pissed off with Australia was when we brought our troops home to the pacific after North Africa rather than having them head to Italy. They missed the horrible battles of Monte Casino for the horrible battles of Kokoda. What a choice!
August 25th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
And who could've really blamed them for doing so. The Japanese were on their doorstep.
August 25th, 2005  
Claymore
 
 
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Originally Posted by Lord Londonderry
Churchill had a deep resentment for the Australians in WW2. Why was this?
From what source do you draw this statement? I have read his series on WW2 and several biographies of the man and have never seen anything other than a possible personal dislike of the Aussie PM of the time...
In his 6 volume set on the war he wrote very much in praise of the Austrailian soldiers throughout the series.
August 26th, 2005  
LeEnfield
 
 
I can't see that Churchill would object to Australia moving there troops into the Pacific campaign, lets face it they stayed in North Africa until the Battle was won and were they fought with great courage. Also they were plugging gaps in lines fighting the Japanese that would other wise had to be filled by British Troops.
August 29th, 2005  
AussieNick
 
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Also they were plugging gaps in lines fighting the Japanese that would other wise had to be filled by British Troops.
I can tell you, a lot of the battles were not a matter of choice. Without our Aussie soldiers back there would have been no British support. They were too busy in Burma. We had plenty to do to our north. PNG, Kokoda, Milne Bay, Balikpapan, Bouginville, The Solomon Islands, Tarakan, Borneo, New Britain, New Ireland, The Battle Of The Coral Sea etc etc. There were few if any British troops in this entire region, more US support, and it seemed that if the request was made for the Brits, they wouldn't be sent (not a criticism, they were well and truly busy with The Mediteranian and Europe at this time). So I'd hardly call it plugging gaps, it was mainly Australian fighting in the entire region (lower pacific islands and Indonesian archepelago), bar Guadalcanal which was a US affair.